There’s a saying in Natural Health that goes: “You don’t get healthy because of the food you eat, you get healthy because of the food you don’t eat.”  It’s a phrase I repeat to all my coaching clients and in this post I won’t talk about how I started eating raw fruit and vegetables, instead I’ll focus on telling you how I stopped eating all the other stuff.

The first thing I quit was meat. I stopped eating ALL meats literally overnight and it was the easiest thing in the world to do. I only had to read one book for me to understand that we are not carnivorous and that the advantages of eating meat are virtually nil, while the disadvantages are enormous. Eating meat contributes to and causes cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and countless other problems.

I have not touched meat for over 6 years now and I am healthier than ever. You’re probably wondering where I get my protein from if I don’t eat meat? The answer is: I get my protein from fruit and vegetables. Not only do I get my protein from fruit and vegetables, but it is the right type of protein too. Nutritionally speaking, you should know that many diseases are caused by the consumption of excessive amounts of protein, rather than by protein deficiency.

The confusion is not made easier by many “teachers” in the raw food movement selling “supplements”, “superfoods” and “magic pills”. They advise people to eat diets which are not based on any science, but serve only their own commercial interests. A true raw food teacher will not sell you anything but their time and knowledge, as the only food we are meant to thrive on is whole fresh fruit and vegetables, and nothing else.

Soon after quitting meat, I concentrated on eliminating all other animal products from my diet, such as eggs, milk and cheese. It was a relatively easy process too, until the only thing left to quit was the dash of milk in my coffee. Eventually I quit the milk too, and the coffee!

I can’t emphasise enough that by quitting all these foods you will also unburden yourself of the hassle of having to buy them; no more going to the supermarket just to buy milk! You will free yourself from the slavery and the never ending addiction cycle of junk food.

You might think you need lots of willpower to eat this diet? Not true. You don’t need any willpower because by stopping eating junk food you will start to feel better. Sure, some people might take time to master a raw food diet, but not willpower.

How great you will feel eating this diet it is something you will never know until you try it. The more you acquire a taste for raw food the less you’ll enjoy the taste of cooked foods. It’s how you eventually quit eating the cooked stuff; because you stop enjoying it not because you have to.

I stopped eating all chocolate, sweets, cakes and any other sugary stuff fairly easily too, I replaced all that rubbish with raw wholefood treats such as ice creams and smoothies etc. The same happened with fizzy drinks, I quit them all without any difficulty; Coca Cola and other soft drinks taste like cough remedy to me these days.

Should you eat 100% raw?

Well should you? I eat 100% raw not only because I enjoy the taste of raw food much more than cooked food, but the fact is I feel amazingly healthy on a raw food diet. It did take me 5 years to get to 100% raw though.

If I had a choice between eating a properly combined low fat cooked vegan meal and a high fat raw vegan meal, I would always recommend the low fat cooked vegan meal.

It’s not always about choosing raw, but choosing the healthier option at any given time. Obviously 100% raw in the correct combination, and with the correct fat levels will always be the ideal diet.

You must remember that in order to thrive in good health there are other elements to our wellbeing that are as important as food, such as good rest, exercise, mental poise and so on. So never be fanatical about food alone, because you will be missing a point.

In Natural Hygiene we say “your health is as strong as its weakest link”, so, for instance, you can eat a perfect raw food diet but if you aren’t getting enough sunlight you’ll suffer from vitamin D deficiency, which could kill you!

Knowledge is power!

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and blogger who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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